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#21308
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
So people have been talking about dragons, and Stefan asked to see some of my painted metal Reaper dragons. Here they are.

I didn't include my whole dragon collection -- off the top of my head, I can say that I left out three Wizkids dragons, two GW dragons, and of course almost all the McFarlane dragons. I included one of the four repaints I did to the McF dragons, since the red repaint of the first Water Clan is my favorite.

I only have one picture of the large Reaper Marthrangul, but he came out a little too orange for my taste, so I actually prefer the smaller red.

Sadly, I took these pics under less-than-ideal lighting conditions, so they aren't the highest quality. Still, you get a sense of them. The two group pictures are really bad, but they're there to give a sense of scale.

Oh, and yes, the one black Reaper figure is a wyvern, not a dragon.

There's also a picture with less direct lighting of the repainted CRD from WOTC, trying to show off the detail in the white scales without the glare of lighting washing it all out.

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#21309
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
L

A really nice collection. Not sure which of them I like most. Thanks for posting them. Reminds me of a Skeleton Dragon still awaiting assembly. The group never reached far enough that I felt I needed to build that one up.

But this inspires me to go back and actually do the dragon justice.

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#21310
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
D'oh! I also forgot my skeleton dragon! :)

It's one of the smaller Reaper ones, not the really huge dragonliche.

Anyhoo, thanks for the kind words, glad you like 'em! Personally, I really like the green GW dragon, I love all the detail in the scales. But it's tough for me to pick a favorite from the basic set of chromatics from the Reaper mid-size collection. I was really happy with how the white came out, that's a tough color to use, and it looks a lot better than how most photographs show it -- again, so difficult to capture white in good lighting.

One day, I would love to get Blightfang, the latest huge Reaper green dragon, and Ebonwrath, a big black one. But for now, they are pipe dreams. Storing/displaying Marthrangul is already a huge pain the butt, and I'll be moving again in the next year, and frankly at the end of the day the WOTC dragons are just so headache-free, I wonder about the wisdom of expanding my large Reaper collection. I may just take a brush to the WOTC dragons and try to improve them a little more.

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Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Law,

Good stuff (as always), which green is the GW? I like the "Oriental" themed version myself, I love those long sweeping horns...

And here is another interesting point I guess with WotC plastics vs. other companies, (Per another thread), and that would be that there is a clear "Look" to each type of Dragon, so that no matter the age/size you can tell a Black from a Green, Silver from a Gold and so on... Easy to do because it is one company rather than several, and their design team has likely sorted all of that out long before any particular sculpt is made... Now I have heard an argument to this as well, which is that "They all look the same" if you have seen one large Black you have seen them all because they are going to be exactly the same pose and look... And I agree in theory, I just do not see the need to have lots of any particular size so as to make much difference...

Darn, did it again... (Went off on tangent)... I'll return your thread now, with this... Nice job Law...


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#21312
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Thanks -- yeah, that vaguely eastern dragon is the GW one. They tend towards serpentine dragons with absurdly oversized hands. I don't like many of them, since they're often very two-dimensional S-shaped dragons that are meant to be seen only from the side and all but vanish when seen head-on. This one, though, is a nice spiral shape and extrudes into all three dimensions, so he's quite dynamic and interesting. He's been recently reissued with two female elven riders as part of the new Wood Elf army.

I have to admit, I'm one of the critics of WOTC's approach to dragons. I agree with you that one probably doesn't need more than 1 dragon species of any particular size, but I do find it a bit restrictive and against the spirit of D&D to have "official" species like this. It's just coz I was weaned on 1e, where dragon appearances were always up to the artists employed by TSR, so other than the color, you never knew what to expect. Blacks would always spit acid, blues would always breathe lightning, but the rest of the dragon appearance was entirely up to the artist, and I liked seeing Dragon magazines, modules, novels, and calendars with a whole vast array of dragons to look at. Now it's as if D&D is a licensed property, like a comic book or a movie, where "black dragon" always means one particular thing, as if he's a character that must confrom to corporate dictates, the way Superman must always be drawn in accordance with whatever costume DC has him wearing at that moment.

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#21313
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I guess I like (For whatever reasons), the symetry of having the dragons defined by their looks, it sort of makes them different sub-species of a similar animal... But clearly identifyable as being of _______ Type... Now don't get me wrong, I can appreciate the need (Or desire) for an artist to have latitude, to keep things fresh and new and interesting... But I guess whatever sense of order that I like to see in the world around me is somehow appeased by seeing such clear markers...

To be honest I wish they did it with more of their minis, some of the Orcs as an example, or Hobgoblins, even Minotaurs are so different from set to set that they almost do not look like they are the same type of creature...


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#21314
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Nice work on the dragons and the wyvern!

As for the practical use of dragons, it really depends upon the type of game that you run. My campaigns feature a fairly comprehensive design with regional encounters that, on occasion, are well beyond a party's current ability to tackle. I don't run serialized modules, but rather have a very open ended game and never know when the group will decide to journey across the <confidential> and through the Valley of <confidential> to Gauth's lair. I need to have Gauth ready to deploy for such an event.

If you don't run wide-open games and instead tailor each encounter to a specific challenge rating then you probably won't have much need for those dragons except as display pieces...

BTW if you do decide to buy metal dragons, Cinder is one of the hardest to assemble. The only one more difficult is the Northwatch dragon from Dark Sword. Future buyers of Northwatch be warned...
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#21315
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Aracon,

Right there with ya... I like to have my games as open-ended as possible, allowing the characters to explore and persue whatever looks interesting... Then I usually try to adapt the overall story to what they are doing... Sometimes messy, but it does allow me to build worlds in multiple directions at once...

Of course there are repercussions for the characters as well, especially if they do not complete a "Job" that they may have been hired to do. In those cases the characters stock may drop significantly in those areas where they have dropped the ball so to speak... Which in itself lends to additional RP potential in the future...

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#21316
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
If you're looking for nice orcs, I'd like to recommend the Dragon Rune line. They make some of the best Orcs, Goblins, and Ogres on the market, bar none. I just couldn't stand the limp spears that WOTC released, even if it takes me months to paint up the Dragon Rune miniatures.

I think I'm going to pick up that Wyvern that L painted up. I must have missed that one in my Reaper collection.
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#21317
Some assorted painted metal dragons 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I hate to do this, but:

GW has some nice orcs, both in 40K and in Fantasy lines - or at least, they DID. I'm not sure what's going on with them these days, having run screaming from the Bunker one night.

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